the closing society

commentaries on 42 trends to tyranny

In her book The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot, scholar Naomi Wolf undertook to research the de facto blueprint that’s been used time and again throughout history to close down democracy and establish authoritarian states. She identified 10 major steps in the process: 1. Invoke a terrifying internal and external enemy 2. Create a gulag 3. Develop a thug caste 4. Set up an internal surveillance system 5. Harass citizen’s groups 6. Engage in arbitrary detention and abuse 7. Target key individuals 8. Control the press 9. Equate dissent with treason 10. Suspend the rule of law Do any of these measures sound familiar? While Canada is not America, since 9/11 we have been following in its footsteps by integrating certain troubling laws, assumptions, and tactics into our culture. Under the pretext of keeping us safe from terror (when you’re in fact more likely to be hit by lightning) similar changes are being adopted incrementally throughout the Western world – as this free, non-partisan booklet endeavours to show. While limited to presenting a sketch of the real issues facing us and thus unlikely to convince some, it’s hoped that this humble effort will at least assist in opening up a dialogue about the differences between liberty and tyranny, rather than the farcical distraction of ‘left’ vs. ‘right’. Canadians are fortunate to live in one of the freest countries in the world, but recent events demonstrate this is a situation we can hope to maintain only by becoming engaged, active, and aware of what’s happening under the radar of our busy lives and the evening’s soundbites that pass for news…

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Afghanistan has always held a central position on the grand chessboard of the middle east, and this is doubly true today – control of oil distribution (the puppet Karzai is a former UNOCAL executive), CIA drug income, and proximity to Iran all motivate the continued occupation of the nation that stymied Alexander and the British Empire. Back home, domestic media need only brandish the spectre of terrorism, Osama bin Laden, the Taliban (eg; loosely knit Afghan resistance) and just like magic, civilian drone strikes and torture are justified in the name of the ‘war on terror’. Meanwhile, the Afghan people suffer the charade of development and liberation, eyewash for domestic audiences.

Afghanistan – News Links Tories worked hard to paint bloody Afghan war as peace mission: MEP documents Abuses at US ‘Black Jail’ in Afghanistan confirmed PM Harper downplays detainee torture scandal, prorogation How the US Funds the Taliban Afghan leader’s corrupt brother paid by CIA, U.S. officials say US Allowed Taliban, Al-Qaeda Airlift Evacuation

“That government is best which governs least.” – Thomas Paine. These words, written two centuries ago, still resonate today. While natural laws against fraud are ignored, establishment pundits prevaricate and spin to justify massive state expenditures, triggering a growing realization that the seats of centralized government power are vulnerable to corruption and occupation by well-funded interests. Expropriations via taxation are increasingly redistributed to the rich rather than needy populations and the political scions of socialism are revealed for what they are – puppets of corrupt multinational institutions. Did you seriously think you were going to get a cut?

Appropriation – News Links Multiple Wall Street banks investigated over links to ratings agencies Paul Volcker: VAT, Carbon taxes may be necessary Explosive Leaked Emails Expose Treasury Secretary Geithner’s ‘Backdoor Bailout’ MPs from all four parties ink secret deal on cash UK PM reveals G20 plan to boost IMF by $1 trillion, hails new world order (again) Financial Rescue Nears US GDP as Pledges Top $12.8 Trillion Morgan Chase Exec Brags Bailout Is for Takeovers, Restructuring, Not Lending

As surely as feudal peasants were chained to their lord and land by culture, poverty, and the occasional census the citizens of a high-tech surveillance state are chained by an ongoing, ad-hoc census – informatics, data mining and tracking in the employ of the state micromanagement corps and their partner corporations. And what better way to keep track of citizens within this control grid than by measurements of their body – no ID required. Now we see the growing spectacle of our global neighbours meekly submitting to thumbscans for banking and access privileges, to facial tracking as increasingly employed at national borders, and to genetic databases compiled on civilian populations in the interests of law enforcement. Yet where does the greater danger lie? With the disorganized criminal element, or the global economic hitmen that have seized control of our governments? We forge our chains anew.

Biometrics – News Links Australia recording features for facial recognition Canadians to get biometric, RFID enabled passports in 2011,security experts voice concerns The government has your baby’s DNA Incoming CSIS chief to seek biometric data at border Police will use new device to take fingerprints in street, vendors say face scanning next

The impact of Orwell’s phrase ‘Big Brother is watching you’ is under threat – it seems now almost quaint, antiquated, drained of its horror by our growing familiarization with the very real proliferation of surveillance infrastructure. The domestic use of CCTV, unmanned drones, and even blimps proliferate or are under discussion as we become conditioned, acclimatized to a security culture of fixed and mobile platforms for enforcement and surveillance. The average citizen of London, England may be photographed 300 times a day in the course of their activities by around half a million cameras and yet multiple studies have shown that CCTV are ineffective at preventing crime. The question, then, must be – whom are they protecting and to what end?

Cameras – News Links FAA Experiments With Integrating Drones in Civil Airspace Toronto streets get 77 more surveillance cameras for G20 UK Parents Angry Over CCTV In School Toilets B.C. to get license-plate scanning system EU Plans Massive Surveillance Panopticon That Would Monitor “Abnormal Behavior” In UK, 1,000 cameras ’solve one crime’

One important cultural bellweather is the way a society treats its most vulnerable members, and most particularly its children. So what kind of a standard are we setting for future generations when our children are increasingly overmedicated, abused by authority figures, surveilled, tracked by GPS and watched by armed guards in their schools? Are we enabling them to be free, productive members of society or are we bringing up the new generation within a social panopticon: suckled on state propaganda and conditioned into happy compliance with their new electronic serfdom?

Children – News Links The Psychiatric Drugging of Children: Inventing Disorders Officers suspended after using Taser on 10-year-old Shock study: 12% of kids sexually abused in govt. custody Television – not in front of the children? UK Schoolkids Protest CCTV, Hidden Microphones in Class Scouts Train to Fight Terrorists, and More

Deception, graft, and the selective enforcement of the law are all hallmarks of the innumerable tinpot dictatorships and banana republics we’re accustomed to deride, and rightly so. But our righteousness is on increasingly shaky ground. Scandals and coverups continue to mount even in our supposedly enlightened societies, tainting the rule of common law and shaking the people’s faith in its tenets. We’ve ‘turned our gaze from the castles in the distance / eyes cast down on the path of least resistance’ – or more likely, towards the latest sitcom or reality TV show. The death of accountability, the cavalier destruction of civil rights and the rise of predatory leaders and institutions to the highest offices of the land should come as no surprise, then. It has always been thus for cultures that chose to turn a blind eye to corruption as they collapsed into looting and the rule of the thug. You get the government you deserve.

Corruption – News Links Fake Lakes not Required, But $50 Million of G8 ‘Legacy’ Spending Pours into Clement’s Riding UK Report condemns WHO swine flu experts’ ties to big pharma Climategate Investigation A Monumental Whitewash Goldman Sachs Helped Greece Obscure Debt Through Currency Swaps Ont. Liberals block committee probe of eHealth chiefs Dark Alliance: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion

If we see culture as the system of shared beliefs, values, customs, behaviours, and artifacts that we use to order and understand our world, it follows that alteration of these cultural patterns and symbols would have an impact on our perceptions of the world as well. Culture provides many of the attitudes we adopt and enact, often by rote. A culture’s militarization and the subsequent hardening of attitudes strengthens this feedback effect by emphasizing hierarchy and introducing additional factors such as propaganda. This is a pattern we see in periods of history such as those following the burning of the German Reichstag and the demolitions of 9/11. The German people of the Weimar Republic era were as urbane and educated as they came – and yet they chose a dictator in the face of internal and external threats fabricated by National Socialism. Why? Because they’d been well prepared in advance by their culture and media.

Culture – News Links Chomsky Warns of Risk of Fascism in America The Culture of the Warrior: Canada’s military invisible no more Atlas felt a sense of déjà vu Toronto School Board to ‘review’ The Handmaid’s Tale on one parent’s complaint They killed their neighbors: genocide’s foot soldiers Comedian begins asking Harper question, cuffed by RCMP You Are a Suspect

As the institutions culpable for economic meltdown benefit most from the injection of trillions of bailout cash worldwide, we may be forgiven for viewing economics as the ‘dismal science’. Yet basic economic literacy is more vital than ever to understanding the hidden currents determining the direction of global events. This is about the artificial creation of debt. There is no capitalism – the market’s ecology has been destroyed, its tidal forces dammed up, diverted and controlled by a simple Ponzi scheme – the issuance of fiat currency, paper IOUs by privately held central banks. Ideologues and alumni of investment houses have infiltrated government and firmly grasped the macroeconomic levers of economic power. It’s a racket – banks are merging with government and they’ve written themselves a blank cheque. Now global populations are informed that ‘austerity’, taxation, and the adoption of increasingly virtualized payment systems will be required to balance accounts.

Economics – News Links Dollar should be replaced as international standard, UN report says G20 banking reform agreed upon, to be finalized in Seoul G20 decides to become world’s new ruling economic council Goldman Sachs: The Great American Bubble Machine IMF may need to “print money”, act as “world’s central bank” as crisis spreads Bilderberg Seeks Bank Centralization Agenda

In his book Superclass, the former Kissinger and Associates managing director Philip Rothkopf details the existence of a global power elite numbering not more than 6,000 – those movers and shakers that treat national boundaries as mere lines on a map, see each other at the World Economic Forum in Davos, hobnob at The Bilderberg group or the G20 or climate conferences. Rothkopf says it must be thus, making only a plea for a form of a modern noblesse oblige – that the unofficial oligarchy look out for the little guy, too. Historically speaking, that’s not a good bet. So the book is explicit – there exists a class, a jetset clique that shapes policy and has a very tenuous line of accountability to the public. The rockstars of the state, financial, and corporate worlds combined, these powerbrokers of ‘governance’ drain sovereignty from their client states and insist on economic micromanagement on their terms. That’s not ‘free market’. On Parliament Hill, this is called backroom dealing and it has no place in a free republic at any level of government.

Elites – News Links George Soros Calls for World Currency and “New World Architecture” Leaked 1955 Bilderberg Docs Outline Plan For Single European Currency Geronimo’s descendants fight Yale secret society for their ancestor’s remains Kissinger Calls for a New World Order Goldman-Sachs Alumni Hold Reins of Financial System How Bush’s grandfather helped Hitler’s rise to power

While the global mainstream press continues to prevaricate and absolve the University of East Anglia for delivering skewed science to the UN’s International Panel on Climate Change, the real story is to be found in the motivations for and continuing fallout from the establishment of carbon trading and carbon market exchanges. This attempt to construct the next debt bubble (and make no mistake, carbon credits are monetary instruments) is backed by precisely the same corporate interests the average environmental activist believes they’re railing against. Greens are merely useful pawns. And it’s as simple and effective as the ploy, if you think about it. Carbon exchanges and taxes do nothing to solve any issues related to climate change – in fact they incentivize the dirtiest industries to move offshore to those developing nations exempt from the plan, and create a new brokerage market enabling global banks to make a bundle in the process. Meanwhile real environmental disasters (eg; Monsanto’s attempt to monopolize global seed markets) are either given short shrift for their ties to industry or, in the case of the BP oil spill, played as opportunities to herd public opinion towards carbon taxation and austerity. That’s austerity for you, it must be understood – the palatial homes and private jets of the globalists pushing these taxes, well naturally those are exempt.

Environment – News Links States Need To Launch Criminal Investigation Into BP, Federal Government’s Role In Oil Spill Britain pushes for new climate talks; IMF, global taxes to figure in redistribution scheme Bombshell UN Climate Documents Reveal Planned “End Run” Around National Sovereignty Copenhagen, carbon, and the global corporate agenda Obama, Gore, tied to Chicago carbon exchange U.N. Environment Head Wants Global Warming Tax

The term eugenics, for most, conjures images of Nazi death camps, Dr. Mengele, propaganda images of a fictitious and well-scrubbed Aryan race, etc. But what’s less commonly understood is the long and continuing history of the ideology that humanity should place the control of its numbers, its genetic heritage, and even its future evolution under the technocratic control of a scientific class. In fact, a quick look at the history of the movement – funded and advanced by American and British elite interests and only later exported to Germany – should give any rational person pause to consider the folly of such coercive hubris. Indeed, the divisions between ‘positive’ and ‘negative’ eugenics are still debated today within medical ethics disciplines. Global populations, meanwhile, are experiencing precipitous declines in fertility as we eat genetically modified foods off plastics proven to impact the endocrine system, line up to have our genomes sequenced, and seriously discuss the suddenly pressing need for overt population control measures on the model of China’s one-child policy. In his 1952 work, “The Impact of Science on Society”, Bertrand Russell forecast the principles and practices technocratic, authoritarian societies would take to implement a modern version of Plato’s Republic, averring that “Gradually, by selective breeding the congenital differences between rulers and ruled will increase until they become almost different species. A revolt of the plebs would become as unthinkable as an organised insurrection of sheep against the practice of eating mutton.”

Eugenics – News Links Storage of newborns’ blood samples raises privacy concerns Copenhagen: Global Population Control Program Suggested To Stop Climate Change The Case for Killing Granny Obama Advisor Called For “Planetary Regime” To Enforce Population Control Measures HIV positive women in Africa sterilized, stigmatized ‘Accidental’ Contamination Of Vaccine With Live Avian Flu Virus Virtually Impossible The Horrifying American Roots of Nazi Eugenics

Despite the fact that GMO food products and sweetening additives have been linked to sterility, organ failure, and autoimmune disease, agribusiness and international food authorities like the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organization continue to press for the adoption of patented farming processes. In some cases, lobbying efforts by agri-pharm giants have successfully motivated legislation requiring the adoption of genetically modified seed products and chemical farming methods. In other cases, onerous laws are enacted around traditional food practices – paperwork, equipment and additional costs for tracking chips and ’safety’ that impact small local butchers and farmers, pricing these operations out of the market. Farmers in India regularly commit suicide by drinking the very insecticide they’re now forced to buy to produce annual yields, while financial institutions stand as eager to possess their land as they ever did by squeezing Western farmers out of a living. If this continues, we will see the end of legal self-sufficiency. As Bob Dylan wrote in the 1983 track Union Sundown, “I can see a day coming when even your home garden is going to be against the law”.

Food – News Links Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality Monsanto’s GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure, Study Reveals US House approves sweeping new food powers for FDA Genetically Modified Seeds: Monsanto is Putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury SWAT Teams raiding Amish, Food Co-ops in Rural US Codex Alimentarius — An Emerging Threat

The ongoing process of globalization is often presented as an example of and an argument against the liberalization of trade. What does globalization consist of? Ongoing calls for economic ‘governance’ and budgetary oversight by central bankers. The administration of trade policy by treaties unaccountable and unexposed to national parliamentary debate. The discussion of various models of international taxation in the name of climate and economy. And yet with palpable irony, not a single one of these trends bears even a family resemblance to liberalization on the classical model. That would require a decentralization of economic control and an accompanying limitation of government power, not wider oversight by an EEC, GATT, WTO or NAFTA. Instead, the ways in which power is being uploaded, centralized, and institutionalized far beyond the reach of your vote looks every day more like the old mercantile expansionism of the European crowns and their chartered agents or China’s contemporary authoritarian economy than anything that could be called free market. In a free republic, state and economy are separate and the people rule themselves via elected representation. Under metastasizing global technocracy, we’re increasingly ruled by a complex of integrated state and business interests steered by appointed mandarins.

Globalization - News Links Harper calls for global economic governance, lauds G20 as ruling forum EU ‘Free Trade’ and CETA: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda Leaked UN Documents Reveal Plan For “Green World Order” By 2012 UN Chief: We Will Impose Global Governance World Bank President Admits Agenda For Global Government Jim Flaherty Urging Greater Federal, International Control over Canadian economy The Resurgent Idea of World Government

The greatest part of the threat of corporatist integration of business and state is the incentive and the ability to artificially create or grow markets by legislative diktat. This is the basic survival instinct of any office, to accumulate influence and power. The question is, by which method is this accomplished - open-market forces or coercion? The incestuous, revolving-door relationship between the top offices of the pharmaceutical industry and its regulators provides a sterling example of the latter dynamic. Between dumping the toxic byproducts of the aluminum industry into tapwater to ‘protect your teeth’, attempting to enact mandatory vaccination laws, and convincing governments to spend your tax dollar on overhyped ‘pandemics’, this statepharma axis is subject to systemic bias and politicization. It ought to be dismantled as hazardous to your health.

Health - News Links Naked body scanners ‘could give you cancer’, children especially vulnerable warns expert Federal product safety seizure bill C6 back from the dead UK Report condemns WHO swine flu experts’ ties to big pharma Bisphenol A remains off toxic list as Ottawa reviews mystery complainant’s objection Teen Diagnosed With Guillain-Barre Syndrome After Swine Flu Shot Scottish parliamentarians seek answers as cervical cancer vaccine injuries mount Cut ties between Health Canada, drug companies, grieving MP urges

The balance that the Canadian federalist system attempts to strike between the powers of Ottawa and the provinces (and the fallout throughout our country’s history) illustrates a fundamental dynamic of political systems – the tension between the centralizing principle, which accrues and ‘uploads’ hierarchal power to the central government, and the decentralizing principle, which demands control be diffuse, local to those its decisions impact. On a global timescale and as seen from above, nations merge and devour one another on the same pattern. Such mergers – when not the result of outright war or economic siege – are typically shotgun weddings, resulting in negative impacts on the constitutional rights of citizens. (See: Ireland’s experience with the Lisbon treaty.) This is the dance of tyranny and liberty, and to judge by present trends, nation-states are integrating further, silently ceding national sovereignty via summits, trade negotiations, and the creation of international law.

Integration – News Links EU wants control over member budgets EU ‘Free Trade’ and CETA: Advancing the Transatlantic Agenda Pacific North American Regional Integration and Control Leaked 1955 Bilderberg Docs Outline Plan For Single European Currency TILMA interprovincial “trade pact” represents further centralization of political power Consider a continental currency: Jarislowsky

The Internet, that great leveler when it comes to open access to information, is under threat. Its increasing nationalization, the deployment of increasingly restrictive terms of use, traffic throttling, and the outright censorship of websites at the level of national firewalls all contribute to the choking off of this valuable resource. The pretexts being employed are the threat of piracy and, more recently, ‘cyberwar’ – but the true quarry is political power as the state-media complex lobbies behind the scenes to stuff the genie back in its bottle, transform the web into the World Wide Wiretap and reestablish themselves as the online gatekeepers of cultural messaging, news and information.

Internet - News Links Iceland Unanimously Approves ‘Wikileaks Bill’ To Establish Free Speech Press Haven Internet ‘kill switch’ proposed for US President Tories unveil tougher copyright bill, requires ISPs to keep user info CETA worse than ACTA – EU Negotiators Demand Canada Change Its Copyright Laws Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet Death Of The Net: Censorship Bills In UK, Australia, U.S. Aim To Block “Undesirable” Websites Murdoch CEO Labels Bloggers “Political Extremists”

One of the fundamentals of a free republic is ‘the rule of law’ – and not the rule of men. Of course, this presupposes a starting point of just laws and a constitutional culture, since it’s not the law on the books that provides the source of justice – justice requires an understanding of various underlying moral issues and their judicious legal application. In the rush to be ‘tough on crime’ and ‘tough on terror’ – not to mention ‘tough on immigration’ and ‘tough on security’ – Canada’s leaders have apparently forgotten this important caveat. In the rush to employ executive power and pass new crisis legislation enabling expanded state powers it is often legal precedent, ancient common law precepts, and civil rights that are left on the ash-heap. We live in an age wherein our shared legal heritage in the form of free speech and political expression, the onus of proof of guilt, mens rea, habeus corpus, and open government are all dying the death of a thousand slow legislative cuts. As citizens of Canada, it is incumbent on us all to sit up a little and ask if we really want to walk down that path. It is not law, but tyranny that lies in wait round the next couple of turns and our government is herding towards that legal pen via a simple, time-tested expedient: fear.

Law - News Links US top court: Human rights advice, nonviolent aid to banned groups equates to ‘terrorism’ Tories reintroduce anti-terror act provisions that cross line, former CSIS chief warns Random sobriety tests would breach constitutional rights: Bar association An American Detention Bill You Ought to Read More Carefully Harper government violating Constitution: prof You Commit Three Felonies a Day Was Canada’s Privacy Commissioner targeted for opposition to intrusive security policies?

Pity the poor media, the ‘fourth estate’ of our society – expected to deliver timely, entertaining content by the people, expected by the state and those shareholders financing its debt to push an agenda. In their 1988 book ‘Manufacturing Consent’ Herman and Chomsky define the modern media’s systemic biases by crafting a ‘Propaganda Model’, stating the mainstream media’s social purpose is not to deliver information to viewers, but viewers to advertisers, and that further, “… the study of institutions and how they function must be scrupulously ignored, apart from fringe elements or a relatively obscure scholarly literature”. Ill-served by this evident conflict of interest, viewers are abandoning mainstream news in droves, and the industry is in crisis. Canadian viewers, to be fair, are not so ill served by our media institutions, which do question institutions although only up to a point. In response, the government has shut down federal Access to Information databases, has uprooted an established media gallery to a more controlled environment, and essentially forbidden the essential media scrum, deeming all interactions between MPs and the media to be authorized by the PCO. A chill has been created, the art of the tough question is an endangered one, and the ongoing consolidation of the press towards a bland homogeneity endangers the openness of Canadian democracy.

Media - News Links US Senator: China Can Shut Down The Internet, Why Can’t We? Fox News Caught Aggregating Copyrighted Photos Something Murdoch Insists Is Illegal Canadian Journalists Barred From Gitmo US Government Propaganda To Infest Network TV Shows Canadian media watched closely in Afghanistan Canadian Parliament Threatens People Posting Video Of Proceedings Online Cheney Orders Media To Sell Attack On Iran

TASERs. Public surveillance cameras. Military drone reconnaissance. The incremental militarization of Canada can be as overt as the domestic use of military technology or as subtle as the creeping regimentation of law and culture. Countless historical examples exist to show that what begins as the desire to sacrifice a little liberty for the sake of security ends in the destruction of both; replaced instead by sterile authoritarian monoculture, internal checkpoints and restrictions on travel, a command and control economy, and a continual state of war.

Militarization – News Links G8/G20 Police Fusion Centres Unmasked in Barrie, North Toronto America would send troops to G8/G20 if required The Culture of the Warrior: Canada’s military invisible no more Military spycraft patrols Ontario border from Fort Drum Military readies reservists for threats to ‘domestic front’ Military and police practice integration during Olympic security exercises

Mayer Amschel Rothschild has been famously quoted as saying, “Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation, and I care not who makes its laws.” To understand why, look no further than the monthly interest rate on your credit card. In the absence of a decentralized, commodity-based currency such as gold or silver (or a true national scrip at the very least), there is no such thing as economic sovereignty. Today, commercial banks create money out of thin air and lend it to governments at interest. Every fiat dollar created in this manner silently extracts purchasing power – real value – from the people and uploads it to the issuer by the process of inflation, thereby building a political incentive to spend into the system. And what human activity requires the greatest expenditures? The present continual state of war is a logical outcome of modern monetary policy.

Money – News Links Dollar should be replaced as international standard, UN report says Why Governments Hate Gold The Federal Reserve as Giant Counterfeiter Leaked 1955 Bilderberg Docs Outline Plan For Single European Currency Mainstream Financial Publication Finally Admits that Austrian Economists Were Right IMF may need to “print money”, act as “world’s central bank” as crisis spreads

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Demagogues, visionaries, and heads of state have at various times in the past century all called for the rise of a ‘new world order’. Indeed, there is very little that’s ‘new’ about it. HG Wells, Adolph Hitler, Presidents Woodrow Wilson and HW Bush as well as Henry Kissinger number among those that have used the term, shorthand for the centralization of power under some system of global governance, be it by soldier or bureaucrat. While most proponents of new global political orders profess to good intentions, closer examination reveals the desire for outcomes similar to those political authoritarians like Plato have been calling for for years: a strictly hierarchal social and political system in which typically corrupt financial and political elites rule and administer society. And in fact, new systems of currency and taxation are presently being debated on the global stage, at economic councils and G8/G20 summits. As an evergreen symbol in the international media, the ‘New World Order’ serves to rally globalist politicians to the cause – former English Prime Minister Gordon Brown has invoked it on numerous occasions within the last couple of years.

New World Order - News Links How will democracy fare under the G20’s new world order? George Soros Calls for World Currency and “New World Architecture” G20 decides to become world’s new ruling economic council ‘New world order’ needs better economic grounding: Carney UK PM reveals G20 plan to boost IMF by $1 trillion, hails new world order (again) Kissinger Calls for a New World Order Financial Times: And now for a world government

Pakistan is a hub of covert activity in Central Asia, with strong ties to the US reaching back to the Afghan war against the Soviets. The resulting relationship between the CIA and the ISI, the Pakistani secret service, has been well documented elsewhere. These ties persist – CIA drones fly sorties out of secret bases in Pakistan to bomb rebellious Pashtun tribes (‘Taliban terrorists’) in the north, meanwhile, the ISI makes no secret of having created and operated Taliban proxy militias to destabilize its neighbours. (Tellingly, the Taliban Shura was airlifted to safety inside Pakistan by the US during the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.) Today, American security contractors and ‘Al Qaeda’ mercenaries for hire run similar operations across the border into Iran, shady training camps disgorge wind-up terrorists to menace Western populations into a state of panicked xenophobia, bombs and propaganda are unleashed, and the war continues to expand.

Pakistan – News Links LSE Report: Pakistan ISI backs Taliban 1 in 3 Killed by U.S. Drone Attacks In Pakistan Are Civilians Arrested Terrorist Leader Exposes Extensive CIA Connections CIA admits Blackwater presence in Pakistan CIA, Pakistani ISI have long, complicated relationship US Allowed Taliban, Al-Qaeda Airlift Evacuation

Canadians, take note. The federal parliament is the institution that exists to provide representational government to the people of Canada – often by means of rancorous debate, grandstanding, and partisan manuevering. This is by design. As in parliamentary democracies throughout the world, cumbersome procedures and carefully balanced legislative powers are a feature rather than a drawback of a bicameral parliament: they exist to make it difficult for any would-be tyrant to make sweeping changes to the fabric of the country, if guarded by a vigilant and loyal opposition. Yet decades of apathy, corruption, bid rigging, and an expanding civil service all weigh heavily upon our parliament, itself increasingly under threat by the impulse to institute administrations capable of executing the wishes of the ruling party with minimal interference. As access to information and accountability is choked to a trickle under the control of a centralized corporatist executive, as global treaties are increasingly negotiated not on the Hill but among the peaks of international finance, the House is increasingly relegated to a vestigial status, a compliant rubber stamp isolated from the decision-making process.

Parliament - News Links Harper’s Privy Council message control system is unprecedented, critics say Access to information risks being ‘obliterated’: report Feds mulling plan to turn Parliament Hill into high-security zone Thousands of Canadians protest shuttering of Parliament Protesters disrupting question period detained and bloodied by hill security MPs from all four parties ink secret deal on cash Parliament losing power, author says

Police in a state with a working justice system are by rights considered paragons, sworn to uphold just law and protect the rights of citizens. Under authoritarian regimes, they become thuggish enforcers and assassins. Canada now lies on a transition point between these opposite poles, and it would appear we’re headed in the wrong direction – as new prisons are built, as TASERs are increasingly deployed to front-line officers that have not proven themselves above torture, as old couples are beaten at the border for asking questions. While undoubtedly most interactions with Canadians are within the desired frame, while most officers are courteous and professional, there is a shift in weapons and tactics that is being simultaneously undertaken in Canada, The UK, The US, and elsewhere.

Police - News Links The G20’s ignominious end: Panic, outrage as police detain hundreds for hours in pouring rain Elite Toronto police squad stops and questions thousands Mounties discussed Tasing Dziekanski prior to altercation Military and police practice integration during Olympic security exercises Safety report author Falconer on armed police in schools: “Facile” RCMP conducts random search and seizure on Canada Day Dark Alliance: The Story Behind the Crack Explosion

While Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has recently declared privacy to be obsolete, most Canadians would likely say they value their privacy. However privacy is increasingly under threat on multiple fronts; from calls to abolish privacy on the Internet to corporate data mining, more people want to know where you are, what you buy, and how you think than ever before and in real-time if possible. Canada, while better at protecting privacy than some jurisdictions thanks to the PIPEDA act is not immune to the trend, to judge by a steady stream of reports on new privacy concerns emanating from the office of the federal privacy watchdog..

Privacy - News Links School laptops took thousands of images of students: Lawyer UN agency calls for global cyberwarfare treaty, ‘driver’s license’ for Web users Obama Wants Computer Privacy Ruling Overturned Laptops fair game for border searches ISPs must help police snoop on internet under new bill NSA Surveillance Exploding, Americans Wiretapped Beyond Congressional Limits Was Canada’s Privacy Commissioner targeted for opposition to intrusive security policies?

The proper function of a government in a just republic is to protect the rights of citizens, to free them from interference by ignorant or hostile parties. But in states adopting an authoritarian model, these rights are no longer seen as a necessity for individuals in a society. Instead, the conception of rights Thomas Hobbes outlined in Leviathan is adopted – rights are granted by the state, and since a right is really just on loan from the state these privileges may be revoked arbitrarily. Slap enough prohibitions on the public, and you’ve created a ‘nanny state’ in which the public’s right to make its own choices is eroded and specific rules and regulations overgrow the whole of society. In case you think it can’t happen here, witness the fact that in recent months, your right to express dissent, use the internet anonymously, pilot a boat, own a gun, purchase local (unprocessed) food products, talk on your cellphone in a car and take pictures of police officers have all come under threat, either by outright ban or cumulative restrictions.

Prohibitions - News Links Obama Can Shut Down Internet For 4 Months Under New Emergency Powers Federal product safety seizure bill C6 back from the dead Official ACTA Draft Released, Only Very Slightly Less Awful Than Expected Toronto police seize 400 guns in ’safety push’ Cybersecurity Is Framework For Total Government Regulation & Control Of Our Lives Ban-happy Ontario accused of ‘Big Brotherism’ Turning Toronto into a nanny state

In 1928, Edward Bernays, intellectual father of the public relations industry, wrote a book entitled Propaganda. The first two lines read “The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” Noted linguist and political activist Noam Chomsky has also identified the operation of propaganda in the mass media as a means by which consensus around social and political policies may be engineered in the public mind. (See ‘Necessary Illusions’, 1989) And the operation of this mechanism is not difficult to spot in Canadian culture – message control is a primary concern of the present federal government. Leaders and public officials are often caught in acts of naked deception. But propaganda need not be imposed from above – systemic biases may be applied by writers seeking to curry favour by singing with the choir. Recent examples may be identified; from flag-waving exercises and fulmination in support of foreign war and ‘national security’ to the fanning of moral panics pressing the need for some desired legislation, the manipulation of public opinion is an integral part of the media culture in which we live and breathe. Being able to triangulate when and how one is being manipulated is a vital skill for anyone that desires to understand the sort of ‘democratic society’ Bernays had in mind.

Propaganda - News Links Harper’s Privy Council message control system is unprecedented, critics say Washington Post: CIA Created Fake Bin Laden Video, Discussed ‘Gay Saddam’ Campaign Cyberwar Hype Intended to Destroy the Open Internet Are the U.S. and Britain covering up Bin Laden’s death to continue war on terror? Statistical Deceptions: How Fake is the “Recovery”? Canadian, Australian PM Used Same Speech Urging Participation in Iraq Former British Ambassador Says Liquid Bomb Terror Alert Is “Propaganda”

Prior to the divisive segregation of the modern political conscience into “left” and “right” – increasingly meaningless labels – there was only one cause, that of freedom versus tyranny. People that have toiled under the yoke of monarchs, of conquerors, of racial apartheid and genocide all understood this distinction in a way that perhaps cannot seem quite real to those of us living in a time and place when liberty and wealth is the norm. But seen against the backdrop of history, this is a precious and vulnerable enclave. Jefferson said that the “price of freedom is eternal vigilance”, and in fact any time a people, satiated and happy, turn their eyes from the castles in the distance they will be overrun by a most banal evil – the consent of ordinary people to conform to mass opinion and sanction injustice by their inaction. Protest is not, must not be seen as some tiresome imposition by ne’er-do-wells, but a crucial heritage of freedom, and when a state is incrementally degrading civil rights, bombing wedding parties half way around the globe, taxing its citizens into poverty and imprisoning political activists it becomes the crucial duty of everyone who values justice and can still draw breath.

Protest - News Links Bilderberg 2010: Why the protesters are your very best friends Thousands of Canadians protest shuttering of Parliament Protesters disrupting question period detained and bloodied by hill security G20 protesters blasted by sonic cannon DoD Training Manual Describes Protest As “Low-Level Terrorism” G20 protests: Riot police, or rioting police? Ex-Italian President: Provocateur Riots Then “Beat The Shit Out Of Protesters”

The use of deception and misdirection for gain is a fundamental aspect of the human condition, clearly linked in the history of primate evolution to the enlargement of the neocortex. Observers from Sun Tzu (‘war is deception’) and Machiavelli (‘princes… have little respect for keeping their word’) to the Mossad (‘by war of deception thou shalt wage war’) have noted the historical importance of deception to war and statecraft. Why, then, does it come as such a surprise to domestic populations that the state, like a schoolyard bully, is liable to point to its enemies and declare ‘he pushed me first’? The art of the provocation, the sacrifice of the pawn to pin the blame on one’s enemy in order to discredit them, is one of the oldest tricks in the book. History is rife with examples. From the the sinking of ships and the destruction of landmarks to the infiltration of protest by police to justify armed crackdown, state sponsored terror, the product of some 50 million years of deceit, should come as a surprise to no one. Yet we also desperately desire the security of trust, wish to believe that the leaders of our pack, our social group, our state are the infallible exception.

Provocation - News Links Ban G20 summit agents provocateurs: activist groups to PM Arrested Terrorist Leader Exposes Extensive CIA Connections Crotch Bomber Mutallab’s Visa Approved by State Department A Sibel Edmonds Bombshell – Bin Laden Worked for U.S. Until 9/11 Western Governments Funding Taliban & Al-Qaeda To Kill U.S. Troops, Destabilize Countries Canadians who trust our secret police should think again Operation Northwoods Declassified: U.S. Military Wanted to Provoke War With Cuba

In a free society, the political and moral principle of a human right exists to subordinate the laws of society to the fundamental requirements of human life. Thus, rights inhere in the people that constitute a state – they are not granted to a people by the government. In fact, for a government to be of any use to those living under its terms, its first order of business must be to forbid the initiation of force against one’s fellow citizens; meaning others must not use or threaten to use force to take away your life, your freedom to act, or your means of sustaining your life. In other words, live and let live. Any state that initiates force against its own citizens suffers from a terminal corruption – like a cancer or an immune system gone rogue, such a state attacks the very living cells it is supposed to protect. What are we to make, then, of the new-found enthusiasm of governments in the west to surveil us, detain and beat those expressing dissent, subject travellers to increasingly invasive and indiscriminate searches, all the while hiking taxes and handing the proceeds to political cronies? To protect our freedom from ‘terror’, it seems, we must submit to an authoritarian gradualism and accept our new status as prison inmates while we watch our liberties drain away. Such a disease can only metastatize until it eventually kills its host. Such a state has come to serve its rulers rather than its citizens.

Rights - News Links The G20’s ignominious end: Panic, outrage as police detain hundreds for hours in pouring rain 72% of Guantanamo detainees given hearings found to be wrongfully detained Tories reintroduce anti-terror act provisions that cross line, former CSIS chief warns CNN Poll: Majority says government a threat to citizens’ rights Supreme Court rules tainted evidence admissible in ‘minor’ Charter violations Obama backs Bush: No rights for Bagram prisoners Former MI5 chief: UK Ministers ‘using fear of terror’ to restrict civil rights

In January 2010 Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, informed a press conference that privacy is no longer a social norm. Similarly, the refrain of apologists for expanding state surveillance networks and naked body scanners is that they’ve nothing to hide. Yet if such radical openness and ‘transparency’ is such a good thing when applied to (formerly) private citizens, would it not also be of value when applied to the operation of our governments, which, believe it or not, are also comprised of fallible, imperfect, corruptible citizens? A curious double standard obtains. Criminal cases increasingly turn on secret evidence. Politicians and CEOs meet to discuss public policy not before elected legislative bodies, but behind closed doors in conference centers transformed into armed citadels. The present administration works overtime to gut public access to information. Meanwhile, we’re being told increasingly that the less we know the better off we’ll be. Clearly, we’re not to be trusted and indeed ought to trust such trifles as the maintenance of our liberties to an increasingly shifty glut of expert councils that no longer demonstrate any interest in such quaint notions as the consent of the governed.

Secrecy – News Links Bilderberg 2010: What we have learned

Cabinet ministers’ offices regularly interfere in access to information requests, staffer says UK: CIA ‘put pressure on Britain to cover up its use of torture’ Taibbi: NYSE ends transparency to protect Goldman Sachs Canadian Parliament Threatens People For Posting Video Of Proceedings Online Banks won’t say where U.S. bailout money going Top secret: Banff security meeting attracted U.S., Mexico officials

A nation, like an individual, must nurture its independence in order to maintain control of its destiny. Those that have failed at this task have in the past been colonized, or accepted the lesser status of protectorate or province. In his seminal 1965 work on Canadian nationalism, ‘Lament for a Nation’, philosopher George Grant viewed this independence as contingent upon Canada’s British roots, its past status as colony providing the cultural and ideological differences which had, until that point, set it apart from dreadnought America. Yet sovereignty is as much a function of economic independence as it is of identity, and both of these factors remain under threat. While Canada’s identity has left the crown behind and we now value our status as a peaceable, multicultural nation, successive leaders have accelerated Canada’s headlong dash towards not only a continental integration based upon economics and security, but a global one as well. While it may once have been arguable that balancing this uneasy bilateral relationship provided Canada with a clever opportunity to play these ends against each other, America has been diminished and now, backroom deals and treaties being formed without the knowledge or consent of the Canadian public tilt towards a ‘global governance’ steered by unelected central banks and stateless corporations. Canada, a nation with vast economic resources, must make this a matter of urgent national debate before we wake up one day, dependent and colonized once more by parasitic oligarchies far beyond the reach of democratic processes.

Sovereignty – News Links Strengthening NAFTA Ties and the Push Towards a Common Security Front Lewenza: Canada-EU deal will affect more than trade Harper calls for global economic governance, lauds G20 as ruling forum UN Chief: We Will Impose Global Governance The time has come for North American monetary union History: How the US Government Was Overthrown In Three Easy Steps “North American Parliament” Meets At Integration Forum

Were George Orwell to read the news in 2010, he might well recognize the foundations of the society depicted in his famous dystopic novel, 1984. The proliferation of police security cameras in Canadian cities and towns is just one aspect of the growing technological Panopticon we’re to be subjected to – Jeremy Bentham’s famous prison organized around sightlines for the purpose of control. Recent innovations in Canada also include stop and search police patrols, a provincial license plate scanning network in BC, and the now infamous airport naked body scanners. Big Brother is watching you. Only this time, he’s going global.

Surveillance – News Links UK Police use spy drone for first domestic arrest – without airspace clearance B.C. to get license-plate scanning system EU Plans Massive Surveillance Panopticon That Would Monitor “Abnormal Behavior” Britain To Put CCTV Cameras Inside Private Homes Toronto TAVIS special police corps demanding ID on city streets

Since the story of Robert Dziekanski’s execution at the hands of the RCMP broke in 2007, TASERs have become a potent symbol of police militarization. To date, however, Canadians have yet to effectively question the wider issue of the motives and consequences of the powerful economic and political lobbies pushing to create markets for devices such as TASER International’s pain compliance weapon. Like something from a dystopian nightmare, the TASER skews relations between citizens and police by normalizing torture – many examples exist of multiple TASER deployment against the passively resistant and those who’ve merely spoken back to police – and the Scottsdale, Arizona manufacturer helps twist our former ‘peace officers’ into enforcers by promoting the use of electrocution as a safe and consequence-free alternative to the use of negotiation or physical restraint. Despite multiple studies demonstrating the dangers of the TASER, TASER International’s storied litigiousness, propaganda, and sponsorship of police events has effectively neutered dissent on both sides of the thin blue line, and the use of TASERs continues to accelerate, a trend symptomatic of the ongoing shift in western culture towards a closed society.

Tasers – News Links Police TASER Grandmother in Bed RCMP defend Taser use on girl, 16 Mounties discussed Tasing Dziekanski prior to altercation Inquiry says ‘insidious’ TASERs being used as tool of convenience calls for restrictions Chicago study calls Taser’s safety claims into question Witness blames RCMP, Vancouver airport for death of Tasered man Officer injured in Taser demonstration

Suppose a man steals your car. We can all agree this is immoral. Suppose ten men steal your car, but give you a bicycle in return. Most would object to this arrangement as well. Now suppose an organization of thousands forcibly takes your money under threat of force or imprisonment but provides a nominal set of services in return. How big does such a gang have to be before it’s okay for your wealth to be expropriated regardless of your consent? Despite the obvious similarity to a mafia protection racket, this is the situation that obtains under state taxation and this, the famous ‘How many men?’ thought experiment, frames an ethical argument against taxation by challenging the listener to differentiate between institutionalized coercion and outright theft. Even those who happily pay their taxes and buy the myth of a ’social contract’ must recognize that this arrangement, historically, often spirals dangerously out of control as the state – and the powerful interests that attach themselves to it – has a powerful incentive to grow larger, increase its power to exproprate wealth, and eat out the substance of the citizenry until corruption overwhelms civil society. In the current economic climate, the hailstorm of proposed taxes on everything from energy to travel to goods and services could hardly provide a better example of this trend. Even as some resist the headwinds, bravely railing against the national imposition of the HST, millions slip further into poverty while international agencies seek new means to expropriate wealth on a global scale and sell us ‘austerity’ to bail out billionaires.

Taxation – News Links HST will cost families, McGuinty finally admits Up to 50,000 protest Charest’s tax hikes IMF chief calls for quota-based global warming slush fund Leaked G20 Documents Shed Light on Global Carbon Tax GPS Tracked Road Tolls Back On Agenda for Toronto Metrolinx ‘Smart meters’ set to boost prices, track energy use by time of day in Toronto Revenue Canada destroys man’s life, refuses to pay for million-dollar mistake

Since 9/11, the media has become so saturated with references to terror that it’s easy to forget how controversial the use of the term once was to journalists. Commonly understood to mean attacks on non-combatants to cause widespread psychological trauma and provoke political change, the use of the term is complicated by the fact that this is but one definition and there are, in fact, many kinds of terror and many kinds of terrorist. From the self-directed terror of a nationalist or sectarian insurgent organization, to state-sponsored and funded terror organizations intended to destabilize rival countries across international boundaries, to terror directed against a state’s own citizens or troops under the pretext of attack from a rival as a means to mobilize for war (look up ‘false flag’ terrorism), history provides numerous examples of these and other forms of terror. As a pejorative, the term has also been abused by countries across the globe as a broad brush to demonize political enemies and undesired minority cultures. Western democracies aren’t innocent of this tactic, either. Long before whistleblowers and independent researchers began raising uncomfortable questions about the tragedy of 9/11, false flag terror had been employed by Italy during Operation Gladio, the Gulf of Tonkin incident which precipitated the Vietnam war has been declassified as a deliberate deception, and the RCMP, via the informant ‘Poupette’, was guilty of creating fake FLQ cells and staging bombings during the October Crisis – to name just a few now well-documented instances. This is a wake-up call, then, to those who believe it can’t happen here. It already has, and as tensions mount during conflict and police informants continue to agitate within suspected terror cells, terror – both real and manufactured – can only increase in an expanding cycle of violence.

Terror – News Links Homegrown terrorist threat to be part of new US National Security Strategy Boy Charged With Making Terrorist Threats Over StickFigure Sketch A Guide to the 9/11 Whistleblowers Crotch Bomber Mutallab’s Visa Approved by State Department How the US Funds the Taliban Toronto 18 Terror case: RCMP agent Shaikh was instigator who broke law: defence London terror plotter was ‘hardened’ in ISI camp

In London, New York, Chicago, Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto; in fact throughout the West, a disturbing change is taking place in major urban centres. Though timelines may vary with city budgets, though local populations may be more or less compliant or resistant, our great cities are all tacking towards a similar end: increased surveillance, tracking, and centralization of control. Until recently these changes have been steady, incremental, slow enough perhaps to escape the notice of citizens busying themselves with their lives and their families. Then came the G20. Even given the distortions and spin introduced by the media during June 2010’s summit debacle, honest observers could not help but be shocked by the spectacle of hundreds of innocent civilians being ‘kettled’ and held for hours in the pouring rain by the state’s armoured, black-garbed enforcers. In the aftermath, those with any civic instinct whatsoever must be asking themselves some hard questions – do we wish to live under the authoritarian model? And how far is too far?

Toronto – News Links The G20: Brutal spectacle failed a city and its people University of Toronto, Peter Munk to reveal new School of Global Affairs GPS Tracked Road Tolls Back On Agenda for Toronto Metrolinx More police security cameras approved for Toronto Toronto police seize 400 guns in ’safety push’ Toronto TAVIS special police corps demanding ID on city streets 50 Toronto high schools to have armed police presence

During WWII, American POWs were waterboarded in Japanese prison camps, a violation of human decency that was rightly condemned as a war crime, its practitioners sentenced to hard labour during post-war tribunals. It did not take long for this sort of moral indignation to become a sham, however, as US military and intelligence agencies routinely practiced torture during the coming decades, conducting medical experiments on American servicemen and teaching its methods to foreign dictators amenable to American interests. (See documentation on CIA training of the Iranian SAVAK for just one example.) After 9/11, the use of torture was sexed up as the mainstream media went into full spin mode, producing apologias for the practice – now rebranded as ‘enhanced interrogation’ – and personified in the chiseled visage of Jack Bauer. As a species, we’re incredibly adaptable, and it should be red flagged that our children are growing up in a culture where rendition and torture are the new normal. Psychologically speaking, as we laugh at the latest atrocities in the ‘Saw’ franchise we have become the enemy our grandparents fought on the killing fields of Europe, cynical and desensitized to the value of human life.

Torture – News Links 72% of Guantanamo detainees given hearings found to be wrongfully detained Report: Afghans in secret jail ‘made to dance’ to use bathroom Canada wanted Afghan prisoners tortured: lawyer Government Experiments on U.S. Soldiers: Shocking Claims Come to Light in Court Case After Obama praises torture ruling, civil liberties group appalled US police could get ‘pain beam’ weapons Canadian MKULTRA project mind control victim to tell of pills, shocks, brainwashing

From cradle to grave, like the children of Aldous Huxley’s ‘Brave New World’, we are increasingly pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed, and numbered. From your social insurance number to your wallet full of ‘loyalty’ cards to the final liquidation of your estate, states and international corporations are increasingly interested in building personal, political, and commercial profiles of your activities – a practice commonly known as ‘data mining’. And while we may evade knowledge of this trend, declaring (like all populations in thrall) that we’ve nothing to hide, future generations may well look back and wonder how we could so easily have submitted to such a skewed relationship, one in which centres of power expected absolute an absolute accountability of their clientele but in turn demanded the asymmetry of secrecy and copyright in regards to their own activities.

Tracking – News Links Privacy commissioner outlines concerns surrounding Ontario’s Smart Grid plan Canadians to get biometric, RFID enabled passports in 2011,security experts voice concerns Suit possible over baby DNA sent to military lab for national database Feds push for tracking cell phones B.C. to get license-plate scanning system GPS Tracked Road Tolls Back On Agenda for Toronto Metrolinx EU Plans Massive Surveillance Panopticon That Would Monitor “Abnormal Behavior”

Travel has become an intrusive pain in the ass. Do you remember? Previously, we would have simply boarded a plane. These days, we’re prodded and scanned and beaten and/or TASERered at the border should we dare question our inquisitors. Nevermind the fact it’s impossible to whip up a bomb in the Boeing washroom. Like sheep, we’ve grown accustomed to handing over our travel-sized liquids for disposal, to removing our shoes, to submitting to an invasive groping should we decline to have our bodies imaged and bathed in high-energy radiation. On balance – considering we’re more likely to be struck by lightning twice than to fall victim to ‘terror’ – does this keep us safe? Or does it simply lock us down, pen us in, and restrict our movements across national borders within a nascent global police state?

Travel – News Links ‘Naked’ scanners may increase cancer risk Government Lied: Naked Body Scanners CAN Transmit Images New OPP cameras scan licence plates Border guards resorting to force more often Greyhound introduces security screening of passengers, bans fruit, carry-ons Interpol wants facial recognition database to catch suspects American Rail Passengers Subject to Random Searches, Police Presence

War – what is it good for? Certainly, in an ideal world, it would be justifiable to mount a strenuous defence against a determined external invasion. However, this is not the world we live in, nor is it the circumstance of the regional conflict in which we find ourselves embroiled. Must there be a pretext in every generation to send the best of our youth off to war’s grindhouse, to ship billions in tax dollars to weapons manufacturers, to psychologically damage a new crop of parents and continue the cycle of violence anew? Apparently so – we keep falling for this scam, we wear our yellow ribbons, we dress up sharp in suits of green and we’re placed upon the war machine. As former US President Eisenhower warned in his last official speech, “the potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist… only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defence with our peaceful methods and goals…” Who among us can seriously believe that we are today ‘alert and knowledgeable’ enough to hold the state accountable for the bloody sham of regime change in Afghanistan? Who among us could claim we’re informed enough to support the hail of depleted uranium munitions and drone strikes on the nomadic tribes of the AfPak border? Would you pull the trigger? Or would you rather go back to watching Canadian Idol, a passive participant, content to let the killing in the name of your flag and your country continue? This is the lesson of war – we’re too anxious to follow our peers over the cliff. Like lemmings, we’re only too willing to exterminate ourselves and our neighbours once some authority points the finger. After some 9,000 years of civilization you’d think we would have figured this one out.

War – News Links ‘Vast’ biometric database prompts troops to open fire on vehicle, 4 unarmed Afghans killed 1 in 3 Killed by U.S. Drone Attacks In Pakistan Are Civilians Israeli preparations for war with Iran troubling Obama’s War for Oil in Colombia Western Governments Funding Taliban & Al-Qaeda To Kill U.S. Troops, Destabilize Countries Sri Lanka has ‘nothing to hide’ yet detains, deports Bob Rae enroute to observe camps The Lies that Led to War

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.” – Abraham Lincoln “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism” – Howard Zinn courtesy of
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“No cause is left but the most ancient of all, the one, in fact, that from the beginning of our history has determined the very existence of politics, the cause of freedom versus tyranny.” – Hannah Arendt “I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.” – John G. Diefenbaker

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